CHARLESTON, Sc. (CW69 News at 10) — According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 7th District Detachment in Jacksonville, Florida, a 49-year-old diver in a black scuba suit went missing sometime before 3:42 p.m. Tuesday in Port Royal Sound, South Carolina.
Today, the Coast Guard said it is partnering with other agencies in a search that has continued since yesterday afternoon.
Officials said a request for helicopter assistance was received by command center watchstanders in Charleston to begin the search.
They said the watchstanders issued an “Urgent Marine Information Broadcast” and a helicopter crew and rescue boat were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, officials said the crew dropped a “self-locating datum marker buoy to aid in the search.”
Agencies involved in the search include the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and Marine Rescue Squadron, along with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Anyone with information should contact the Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center at 843-740-7050.